Thursday, August 14, 2014

Knitting/Sewing up Loose Ends

I've finished knitting two shawls over the past week!
neither is blocked yet!
Above is Jennifer Lassonde's Tan House Brook Shawl,
knit from one of Schoppel's Crazy Zauberballs.
Here's another shot of it, styled a bit differently

I also finished my Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl,
designed by Paula Emons-Fuessle.
It's knit from leftover yarns in my stash, plus one black skein of 
Plymouth Yarn Sakkie.

So, having finished two shawls, I've cast-on another!
This is the beautiful Banana Leaf Shawl, designed by Yuki Ueda.

I'm knitting this with Quince&co. piper,
which is 50% superfine Texas merino & 50% Texas mohair.
It is the softest most wonderful yarn I've ever held in my hands!
I can just imagine how glorious it will feel around my neck and shoulders!

I got out in the studio the other day and did a bit of thread dyeing for my next art quilt.
It was great to play with the dyes again!
I'll have pics to share soon!

And I'm playing around with a new outfit for Maggie.
Here Mama chose the dress design,
and I picked out the fabric.
Here is the little diaper cover:

Hopefully I'll have a dress photo to show in a few days!
Speaking of diaper covers, Maggie (now 20 months)
told her Mama that she needed her diaper changed the other evening.
She pointed down at her diaper and then over at 
her changing table.
Her Mama giggled, because this was a first 
(sometimes she will say she needs to go potty,
and sometimes she will go and sometimes she won't).
Maggie looked very sad when her Mama giggled,
so she held her hand out like a policeman and said 
"Stop, Mama, stop!"
Never a dull moment with Maggie & Charlie!

We're closing in on another weekend - where do the days go?

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours!

Thursday, August 07, 2014


'Stage II'  judyinthedyes
I finished 'Stage II' earlier this week.
The base of this art quilt is dyed and painted silk crepe de chine that I completed
for Jane Dunnewold's Art Cloth Mastery Program.
I had done much of the surface design during the last two weeks of my Mother's life,
while she was in Hospice care,
and then I found it too difficult to work with and even look at (after her death)
until a little over a year ago.
Then I cut it all up into pieces like you see here,
and began to hand embroider and appliqué it.
It became a very nice meditative piece….
and then I was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer…..
and it became even more meditative.
On days when I couldn't find energy to do anything else,
Stage II was always there for me.

I love the effect of disperse dyed polyester sheers,
so I added those after taking a class this past Spring 
with Cas Holmes.
I machine quilted those pieces.

I also love the manner in which Jane LaFazio creates 
her art quilts, so she has influenced me heavily in this piece -
although I've not taken an art quilt class from Jane.

Here are a few detail shots:

machine embroidered flower stem on the right panel with disperse dyes, hand embroidery on the left

my favorite panel with lots of handwork

another panel of disperse dyed polyester with machine embroidery, surrounded by hand embroidered sections

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Sewing a Knitting Project Bag

I don't like to keep my yarn in plastic bags.
There's just something about the idea of plastic against those 
wonderfully luxurious fibers that bothers me.
……and, I also don't like zippers close to my knitting,
so I make my own project bags with drawstrings.
I have a lot of different sized bags, according to the project,
and since I also have a LOT of hand-dyed fabrics,
I make many bags - for myself.

This is the latest bag,
and I am so in love with it.
The drawstrings are long enough
that when my project is snug inside,
I can pull the strings together and use them as a handle.

and as you can see,
it is just the right size for a shawl to fit inside nicely!

Thanks for popping by!

Peace and love to you and yours!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Summer Knits & Sews

judyinthedyes "Whimsy"

I've had the most fun ever thread painting my snow-dyed table runner!
I decided it needed to be named "whimsy", because the flowers are just that: whimsical.
Since the backside is just white, 
You can see a bit more of my thread painting here:

judyinthedyes "whimsy"

Here is a shot of almost all of "Whimsy", but it is a long one, so without the aid of a step ladder, I couldn't shoot it all!
(ok, I've tried to fix this font, but it's not behaving!!!
I think it thinks it's a caption, and there's no changing its mind!)

and, at the risk of boring you all, here are a few more shots:

I'm not good at getting these pics collaged, and I'm too lazy to go back into my phone and do it, so please ignore these if they are bothersome to you!

In case you can't tell, I am in love with how this turned out.  I learned a LOT and can't wait to tackle the next one!

I've also finished a smallish art quilt, "Stage Two", which deals with my cancer journey over the past year.  This is one small segment of it:

Once I get the facing sewn on, I will show more images.

And, of course, I've been knitting!  I listen to several knitting podcasts, including "Knitting Pipeline" by Paula Emons-Fuessle.  Paula designed the Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl a while back, and I became intrigued by it, so decided to knit it.  Here is my Magic Cake before I began:

and here's how my shawl is looking now:

I'm almost to my last color, and then I will begin the ruffle.  So, I should be done soon!

I'm also knitting the Tan House Brook Shawl,
designed by Jennifer Lassonde, 
Here's how mine is coming along:

I'm knitting this out of Schoppel's Crazy Zauberball,
which is a real kick!
I love the color changes, and as you can see,
this should go well with both jeans and a nice dress-up black.

July was a busy month for us.
We celebrated C's birthday - almost continuously,
but in great detail over the third weekend,
eating any and everything, and everywhere he desired.
It was a lot of fun, I've got to admit!
……and here is how my July looks in photos:

Thanks so much for stopping by.
If you like, please leave a comment….
I love hearing from each and everyone of you!

Have a super weekend!

Peace to you and yours!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Painted Buckeye"

I've recently completed a new piece,
"Painted Buckeye".
It is part of the 2014 SAQA SC/GA Regional Challenge.
Members were mailed swatches of the vividly dyed fabric that I used in the leaves
and asked to make a 12 x 12" piece of art incorporating it.

"Painted Buckeye"    12 x 12"

The background fabric consists of pieces of cotton
which I wrapped our Easter eggs in last Spring,
before dyeing them in red cabbage, Turmeric, and beets.

"Painted Buckeye" detail

I added some embroidery using hand-dyed floss,
a bit of beading,
and machine stitching.

"Painted Buckeye" detail

Oh yes, and there's also a bit of image transfer on the background fabric.

"Painted Buckeye" detail

The lace is a lovely bit that has been calling my name
since the days when I did a lot of French hand sewing.
I tea-dyed it for this piece.

The great thing about this piece is that it has jump-started my creative juices!
I've cleared off my design wall,
added pieces of my next project and I'm ready to roll!

Thanks for popping by!
Have a great day!

Peace to you and yours!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nocturnal Leg Cramps & Magnesium

Periodically I have been plagued with those nagging nocturnal leg cramps.
They get so bad that I have to get out of bad and stand on the offending leg
until the cramping ceases.
Two nights ago I barely slept at all due to those monsters occurring
just about every hour - and in BOTH legs simultaneously.
Mind you, I have a banana every morning with my breakfast smoothie,
and I have been drinking quinine, as I heard that that helped.
(Oh and I had also tried the old wive's tail of putting a bar of soap under my bed sheet!
I was desperate!!!)

So, bright and early yesterday morning I messaged my wise friend BJ Reed.
We've known eachother for years through the art quilt arena,
but we have also connected through
BJ is a Vegan and helps others along the Vegan path of life.
I knew she would have some answers for me.
She was on her way out the door, 
but she kindly shared that she takes Triple Magnesium for leg cramps.
I did a little research and learned that magnesium can be found in 
 dark leafy greens, lentils, nuts, and more.
So, I quickly made up a wonderful cold lentil salad
nibbled on five almonds,
and steamed some spinach for dinner.

I'm happy to report that it did the trick!!!

I hope that this will help someone else out there in blog land,
because nocturnal leg cramps are no fun!

Thanks for popping by!

Peace to you and yours!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Knits and Sews

Summertime, and the knitting is easy!
I'm having the best time knitting away on my 
Sunburst Shawl, designed by Sarah Punderson.
(more info is here)
It's a fun knit and Sarah's directions are very easy to follow.
I think I have about 10 more rows to knit,
but as you can see, they are looooong rows.
I will miss it when it is finished,
so I'm looking at new shawl patterns now!
(Sarah has some beauties!)

Here are my Opal socks:

……just a couple of detail shots of the beautiful yarn.
I'm almost ready to turn the heals,
but my Sunburst has really taken the front row seat!

I've finished a really fun sew session for our granddaughter Maggie.

I've used this pattern from Purl Soho for the gathered top,
and this pattern from Dana Made It for the diaper cover.
I can't wait to see this on Mags.

I really like the gathered top instructions -
very nice French seams on the sides and a lot of edge stitching,
makes for a neat and tidy piece.

You can see a bit of the detail here.

The fabric is seersucker, which I always love for summer!

Now for a bit of a switch in gears,
my new taste treat is this:

Do you like Chai Tea?
I hadn't tried it until recently, and I'm now addicted!
A huge treat for me is a Chai Latte from Starbucks,
but when I'm not near a Starbucks, I can mix this up!

Last Monday, our CSA basket looked like this:

The corn is outstanding!  So sweet and fresh.
We enjoyed a spaghetti squash au gratin the other night,
and of course roasted carrots!
These were also included:

I just love beautiful summer flowers, don't you!!

What are you up to this summer?  Do tell!!!

Have a great weekend.
Thanks for popping in!

Peace to you and yours!